Plans for 120 homes in Bassingham unanimously rejected due to size

A planning application to build 120 homes in a village south of Lincoln has been unanimously rejected due to its scale and impact on local infrastructure.

The proposals by Gladman Developments to build the houses on land north of Thurlby Road and west of Lincoln Road in Bassingham were refused at a North Kesteven District Council planning committee meeting on March 10.

As previously reported, local groups and councillors have previously voiced objection to the large development in the village, which was given ‘Limited Growth’ status with 1,425 residents.

The committee’s recommendation was to approve the project, subject to a number of conditions.

However, all councillors in attendance were in agreement to reject the plans due to the size of the planned development, the impact on services, and the potential damage to the character of the village.

A representative from Gladman Developments was present, who explained the reasons for their application, their job creation plans, and the ways they planned to improve healthcare, schools and other village facilities.


Councillor Ian Carrington moved to refuse the application.

He said: “I believe that to progress this scheme would be contrary to our own planning policies and the National Planning Policy Framework.”

The motion was seconded by Councillor Sue Howe, who added: “Bassingham wants to remain village, not a town. An additional 120 homes would have an impact on the infrastructure of the village.”

Other councillors spoke at the meeting, outlining their opposition to the development.

The meeting was attended by ticket only due to the interest it generated, with over 337 objections submitted to the district council by members of the public.

One of the objectors, Nicholas Squire, wrote: “Many residents are against this move and our stance has not changed.

“The problems identified still remain, poor roads, an overcrowded school and doctors surgery. Parking and increased traffic in the high street near shops is already difficult to navigate for those on foot. Disabled, elderly and young residents will be at increased risk of harm.”

Bassingham Parish Council and the Sustainable Bassingham Village Group also spoke of their fears about the development at the meeting.